Updated 03:55 PM EDT, Fri, Oct 22, 2021

FIFA Continues Fight Against Homophobia in South America

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Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is determined to fight homophobia in South America.

With the punishment of six Latin American federations for their homophobic chants, FIFA has proven that they will continue this fight, despite the struggles that come with it, per Fusion.

"FIFA has been fighting discrimination in football for many years and one part of that has been through sanctions," said FIFA Disciplinary Committee chairman Claudio Sulser.

According to Inside World Football, the international football governing body has recently fined Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay for the "homophobic chants" of the fans of their national teams.

FIFA said the chants during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers were "insulting and discriminatory."

And because of that, Chile was slapped with an almost $70,000 (£48,600) fine, since the chants were made in four games. The other countries were given a $40,000 (£27,750) fine.

Sulser explained that these actions are aimed at promoting equality and respect for all in the football industry.

Sports Illustrated added that the association has encountered various instances of discrimination, including homophobia and racism over the years.

It added that FIFA has already launched campaigns to put an end to these issues.

But Sulser said that having these disciplinary actions is not enough to avoid discriminating situations in football.

"But disciplinary proceedings alone cannot change behaviour by certain groups of fans that unfortunately goes against the core values of our game," he noted.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee chairman added that all of the football community should be "proactive" in delivering a message of equality and respect in the game.

Reuters added that FIFA has distributed a Good Practice Guide on Diversity and Anti-Discrimination to its 209 member associations last year. 

The members are set to assess how they are doing with the compliance of non-abusive chanting during the games this coming March .

According to Fusion, discriminating chants are not new in football. Mexico supporters made headlines when they shouted "puto" (gay prostitute) at Brazilian player Julio Cesar during the 2014 World Cup. Local fans also did the same to Mexican keeper Guillermo Ochoa.

The same report said nobody was fined during the incident, since FIFA claimed it was not offensive.

This decision gathered a negative reaction from discrimination watchdog Fare, which said that FIFA's declaration was "disappointing."

"[It] contradicts the expert advice of the Mexican government's own anti-discrimination body...and numerous other experts," Fare was quoted by Fusion as saying.

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